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MJ is a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI3645), registered with the State of California Board of Behavior Sciences and is a Connecticut native.

After graduating from Long Island University with her Bachelor’s Degree in 2000, MJ began serving her community as a New York City Police Officer.  After experiencing first-hand, the devastating events of 9/11, and a few years with the N.Y.P.D, she set out on a new career and life path. MJ entered graduate school in 2011 to pursue her passion for understanding human behavior, and to develop the necessary clinical skills to help others struggling with mental health challenges.  In 2014, MJ graduated with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and completed her clinical training at Practical Recovery- a short-term residential treatment center for individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders, where she gained experience providing individual, group, and family therapy. She continued her professional development as a Program Director for a community-based recovery support program, providing behavioral health and case management services to individuals, couples, and families struggling with addiction and various personality and mood disorders.

MJ has experience utilizing various evidence based practices: Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She utilizes an eclectic style of therapy, primarily combining Person Centered Therapy with one or more of the aforementioned evidence-based practices.

MJ believes that providing a safe space, and creating a working relationship based on trust and acceptance, are the building blocks to helping others face and tackle the necessary changes that lead to a more genuine life.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new” – Socrates